Gardening on the French Riviera – or: tradition is not a reason that’s good enough …
It’s worth while to learn what gardens and plants look like, which have been cared for with love, horticultural knowledge, proven gardening techniques – and first and foremost – with an interest in their owners’ views.
Good practical gardening starts with a good garden layout, good planting schemes, the right plant choice and correct spacing of plants. But most gardens are what they are and they too need the best possible maintenance and maybe some careful renovation over time.
Like in every good craftmanship or artisanship, every gardening technique should serve a purpose. There should always be a specific reason why things are done the way they are done. Gardening is a profession that needs mindfulness and know-how, a trained eye, taste, systematic planning, methodic action and constant learning. Tradition is not enough a good reason to do certain things the wrong way.
Poor gardening leads to poor results, which are not beautiful. Poor gardening still costs a lot of money, and it just doesn’t make any sense.
We think, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the ultimate authority in both, best gardening techniques and best horticultural knowledge.
Here’s a very small list of “poor” versus “good” gardening techniques. Perhaps a good read for a rainy day.